16/01/2014 09:10 AST

The Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) will hold a training workshop entitled “Developing strategies and strategic planning” on Feb. 17-19, 2014 in its headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The workshop aims at building national capacities in the area of developing strategies and strategic planning in order to help policy makers develop correct policies boosting Gulf economies.

The workshop stresses the importance of strategies and strategic planning in order to successfully complete projects and put institutions on the right track leading to success. It will help participants carry out their tasks by providing them with knowledge and correct foundations for the preparation of a comprehensive and cohesive strategic plan and the development of an executive plan to implement the strategy and further develop it.

The training will be delivered by Dr. Laila Dyab Ishrair, GOIC Secretary General Bureau Strategic Planning Consultant. Dr. Ishrair holds a PhD. in Quality Development and Strategic Planning from the University of Leeds. She is also a UNDP Consultant in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Ishrair has worked on several important projects including the Knowledge-based Economy Project and the Labour Market Strategy, both in cooperation with the World Bank. She has also contributed in developing Qatar National Vision.

The training targets professionals in charge of developing, following up and evaluating strategies within the ministries of industry, economy and planning. It is also designed for people responsible for the development of industrial, environmental and economic indicators and industrial and environmental databases.

Researchers and planners from the ministries of Industry, Economy, Environment and Planning and from chambers of Commerce and Industry and a number of private institutions and companies are also within the targeted pool.

The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with correct methods for developing pragmatic strategies based on measurable tools. It calls for doing away with theories and complicated terminologies as much as possible. In fact, the main reasons behind the failure of several strategies are that they are not measurable, not applicable and not easily understood by decision makers or officers responsible for their implementation and evaluation.

Another objective is to offer a clear idea about developing strategies and executive plans and to underpin strategic concepts and planning. It also aims at providing participants with the best means to develop strategies. It focuses on the use of supporting methods and forms in order to help the trainees develop strategic and executive plans.

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